Nygren shorebirds

Aaron Boone reported 2 White-rumped Sandpipers still at Nygronanistic 10/20 with some Lesser Yellowlegs, Pectoral Sandpipers, around a dozen Wilson’s Snipe and 1 Dunlin.

On 10/21, the White-rumps, pecs and yellowlegs were still there, joined by a Greater Yellowlegs; the Dunlin count was up to 13. Large numbers of Dunlin were being seen along Lake Michigan on Tuesday as well.

Rockford and Kishwaukee Christmas Bird Counts

Christmas counts are held throughout the Americas during a three week period around the Christmas holidays. The same circles of fifteen miles in diameter are surveyed each year, counting all the birds that can be detected within the circle.

Normally we have 25 to 40 counters in each circle but we are always happy to have more volunteers.

The Rockford count will be held on Dec. 19. To volunteer for the count contact Dan Williams at twotringas@gmail.com.
The Kishwaukee count will be on Dec. 26. To help with that count contact Barbara Williams at twotringas@gmail.com.

We set up all the areas to be covered by specific teams of birders in advance or the counts. If you’d like to help out, let us know and join the fun!

Nygren on Saturday afternoon (briefly)

Sandhill Cranes have moved in to Nygren. I estimated 50 there this afternoon around 3:30 pm. The flock included a number of juveniles. Also present were some N. Pintails (11), a few Gadwall and teal, plus a small variety of shorebirds. Other than Killdeer, there were 9 Wilson’s Snipe, 2 White-rumped Sandpipers, 2 Pectoral Sandpipers, 3 L. Yellowlegs.

Rock Cut shorebirds

The Park staff has drawn down the water level on Olson Lake at Rock Cut SP. There is now a ring of mudflats around the lake, and the east end is all mud, with some low wet spots here and there. Yesterday, 10/12, I found 4 White-rumped Sandpipers, 6 Wilson’s Snipe, 2 Pectoral Sandpipers, and 1 Lesser Yellowlegs, plus nearly 40 Killdeer. There were also 3 American Pipits on the mudflats.

There are still shorebirds moving through, so we should keep an eye on Olson Lake to see what might show up.